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  1. Douglas V. Porpora (2013). How Many Thoughts Are There? Or Why We Likely Have No Tegmark Duplicates $$ 10^{{10^{115} }} $$ M Away. Philosophical Studies 163 (1):133-149.
    Physicist Max Tegmark argues that if there are infinite universes or sub-universes, we will encounter our exact duplicates infinite times, the nearest within $$ 10^{{10^{115} }} $$ m. Tegmark assumes Humean supervenience and a finite number of possible combinations of elementary quantum states. This paper argues on the contrary that Tegmark’s argument fails to hold if possible thoughts, persons, and life histories are all infinite in number. Are there infinite thoughts we could possibly think? This paper will show that there (...)
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  2. Douglas V. Porpora & Wesley Shumar (2010). Self Talk and Self Reflection. In Margaret Scotford Archer (ed.), Conversations About Reflexivity. Routledge. 206--220.
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  3. Douglas V. Porpora (2009). Contributions to Social Ontology Edited by Clive Lawson, John Latsis, and Nuno Martins. London and New York: Routledge, 2007. 332 Pp. 0415403731 Hardback, $160; 9780415442381 Paperback, $39.95. [REVIEW] Journal of Critical Realism 8 (1):124-128.
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  4. Douglas V. Porpora (2006). Methodological Atheism, Methodological Agnosticism and Religious Experience. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 36 (1):57–75.
  5. Douglas V. Porpora (2004). 4 Objectivity and Phallogocentrism. In Andrew Collier, Margaret Scotford Archer & William Outhwaite (eds.), Defending Objectivity: Essays in Honour of Andrew Collier. Routledge. 48.
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  6. Isaac D. Balbus, Sarah Brabant, William B. Brown, Kristine Anderson Dougherty, Don Eckard, Carolyn Ellis, David O. Friedrichs, Ann Goetting, Barbara A. Haley, Ross Koppel, Marianne A. Paget, Douglas V. Porpora, Larry T. Reynolds, Carol Rambo Ronai, Barbara Katz Rothman, Joseph W. Ruane, Don H. Shamblin, Z. G. Standing Bear, Robert L. Stewart, Roger A. Straus, Richard Quinney & Jan Yager (1996). Private Sociology: Unsparing Reflections, Uncommon Gains. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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  7. Douglas V. Porpora (1993). Cultural Rules and Material Relations. Sociological Theory 11 (2):212-229.
    This paper attempts to synthesize the Winchian stress on constitutive rules with the Marxian stress on material relationships by developing the concept of emergently material social relations. Such relationships, it is argued, arise from the constitutive rules that constitute a group's way of life. Although such relationships thus are derivative from the conscious rule-following behavior of actors, nevertheless they have an objective existence independent of actors' specific awareness. It is argued that such material relations are an important mechanism beyond the (...)
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  8. Douglas V. Porpora (1989). A Response to Turner's Behavioral Theory of Social Structure. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 19 (1):127–130.
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  9. Douglas V. Porpora (1989). Four Concepts of Social Structure Douglas V. Porpora. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 19 (2):195–211.
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  10. Douglas V. Porpora (1983). On the Post-Wittgensteinian Critique of the Concept of Action in Sociology. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 13 (2):129–146.
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  11. Douglas V. Porpora (1983). On the Prospects for a Nomothetic Theory of Social Structure. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 13 (3):243–264.
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  12. Douglas V. Porpora (1983). Rejoinder. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 13 (3):309–329.
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  13. Douglas V. Porpora (1982). Nonreductive Materialism and the Materialisms of Marx and Heidegger. Human Studies 5 (1):13 - 30.
    The objective of this paper is to reconsider the relationship between marxism and existential-phenomenological sociology in light of margolis' (1978) recent articulation and systematic defense of what he terms nonreductive materialism--a material monist ontology which acknowledges an irreducible dualism of attributes. it is argued that reductive materialism is philosophically indefensible and that the most important reasons for thinking that marxism entails reductive materialism are mistaken.
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  14. Douglas V. Porpora (1980). Operant Conditioning and Teleology. Philosophy of Science 47 (4):568-582.
    This paper defends the relevance of Taylor's (1964) critique of S-R behaviorism to Skinner's model of operant conditioning. In particular, it is argued against Ringen (1976) that the model of operant conditioning is a nonteleological variety of explanation. Operant conditioning is shown unable, on this account, to provide a parsimonious and predictive explanation of the behavior of higher level organisms. Finally, it is shown that the principle of operant conditioning implicitly assumes a teleological capacity, the admission of which renders the (...)
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